‘90s heartthrob Matthew Mendoza doesn't mind playing father roles now

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"I really don't mind kasi it's work and hindi ko namankailangan nang maging mapili. I'm just happy that producers still get my servicesdespite the fact na matagal din akong nawala," says Matthew Mendoza.



Natutuwa ang dating Viva Film heartthrob na si MatthewMendoza dahil sa pagkuha sa kanya ng isang drug company para i-endorse angkanilang produkto. Ang rason nga raw kung bakit siya kinuha bilang celebrityendorser ay dahil sa kanyang clean and healthy lifestyle.

"Hindi ako makapaniwala at first kasi nga matagal akonghindi naging active sa showbiz," wika ni Matt nang makausap ng PEP (PhilippineEntertainment Portal). "I've been in and out naman. I do shows paminsan-minsankapag kinukuha nila ako. Based na kasi ako sa hometown namin in PuertoPrinsesa, Palawan, and running our family business [Casa Linda, a tourist hotel] and raising my family.

"Nakakatuwang isipin na may mga taong gusto pala akong kuninto endorse their product. Maganda naman ang sinabi nila about my image. I dolead a healthy lifestyle with my family. Since I entered showbiz in 1996, nevernaman akong naintriga nang grabe. Wala nga akong maalala na na-link sa akinexcept for Charlene Gonzalez who I did movies with. Pero she was already in arelationship then, kaya hindi ako nakaporma sa kanya noon."

Matthew is now endorsing Gluta-Care Anti-Oxidant. A dietarysupplement with L-Glutathione, Grape Seed extract and Vitamin C. Nagkaroon ngang formal contract signing sa Dulcinea Restaurant, Tomas Morato, Quezon Citykahapon, Wednesday, July 16.

CHECKED OUT THE PRODUCT. Inamin naman ni Matt na nangunang i-offer sa kanya ang mag-endorse ng Gluta-Care, alam niyang may umiikotna issues ngayon regarding products na may substance na glutathione.

"Siyempre, gusto muna namin malaman kung may mga properpapers ba sila to back up their product. Gusto rin namin ng agent ko na magingcareful sa pagpili ng ie-endorse ko. Mahirap na yung madamay ako sa kapalpakanng isang product, di ba?

"But the people behind Gluta-Care showed us documents nawalang problema ang product nila. They have a seal of approval from BFAD(Bureau of Food and Drugs) and other departments na nag-i-investigate sa mgagamot ngayon. We did our own research and it was safe to endorse it."

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Dagdag pa ni Matt na hindi naman ang effect ng pampaputi ngbalat ang selling point ng Gluta-Care kundi ang magandang effect nganti-oxidant sa katawan natin.

"Everyone knows naman na maputi na ako kaya hindi iyon angdahilan why I agreed to endrose the product. Since I'm an actor, father,husband, sportsman, and businessman all at the same time, it's important thatour body is free of unwanted toxins that we get from what we eat, drink, andeven the air we breath. The content of the product helps in regulatingnormal blood circulation and it protects our liver which is a vital organ inour body.

"I'm for a healthy lifestyle and I believe in eating theright food, drinking the right beverage and taking in the right medicines.Through that we can live longer for our family and look younger as well."

CAST IN DIYOSA. Tamang-tama nga ang pagkaroonng endorsement ni Matthew dahil nagkasunud-sunod ang mga trabaho niya.Kakatapos lang niyang mag-shoot ng dalawa pang commercials at ini-endorse dinniya ang Caterpillar fashion. Sa TV naman, kasama siya sa malaking fantaseryeng ABS-CBN 2 na Diyosa. Last year, he was also in the cast of Kokey.

In Diyosa, Matt plays the Pinoy folklore characterBernardo Carpio (after whom two peaks in Montalban, Rizal, are named), who is married toMaria Sinukuan (played by Mickey Ferriols). They have a daughter played byAnne Curtis who plays the lead role in Diyosa.

"Anne will fall in love with a mortal at papasok siya samundo ng mga mortal. As her parents, hahanapin namin siya to bring her back samundo namin. Kaya we will have scenes na we will act like mortals to blend inhabang hinahanap namin si Anne."

PLAYING DAD. Matt says na he doesn't mind playingfather roles now. He is in his mid-30's and has three kids (two girls and oneboy) under the age of 10.

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"Before Diyosa, I did a two-week guest role for DaisySiete: Prince Charming and the Seven Maids. I played there the father ofRochelle Pangilinan. Almost the same age naman yata silang dalawa ni Anne. Ireally don't mind kasi it's work and hindi ko naman kailangan nang magingmapili. I'm just happy that producers still get my services despite the factna matagal din akong nawala.

"Maganda rin yung nasa isang top-rating drama show kabecause people get to recognize you again. Like when I did Daisy Siete,akala ko it was just a simple afternoon drama series like the one I did forTAPE Inc. na Agawin Mo Man Ang Lahat in 2006. Pero after my first day nalumabas sa Daisy Siete, people started to know me again.

"During my two weeks as guest in the show, everywhere I gokilala na nila ako ulit. So it means na talagang napapanood ang Daisy Siete.Hopefully, ganyan din ang mangyari sa Diyosa."

During Matthew's heartthrob days in the mid-90s, he was oneof the most-sought after leading men. A former Close-up boy, Matthew was in demand as a commercial model when Viva tapped him to be Charlene Gonzalez'sleading man in the film Dyesebel (1996) where he played the role ofFredo.

GOOD TO BE BACK. His other films that had him asleading man include Sabado Nights: The Movie (1996, with Ina Raymundo), IkawNaman Ang Iiyak (1996, with Charlene Gonzalez), Nag-iisang Ikaw(1997, with Mikee Cojuangco), Bridesmaids (1997, both Ina and Charlene),Pusong Mamon (1998, with Lorna Tolentino), Nang Iniwan Mo Ako (1997,with Sharon Cuneta) and Nag-aapoy na Laman (2000, with Ara Mina).He was last seen in the indie film Inang Yaya (2006).

"Those were the days noong binata pa tayo. But now, I'mhappy with my married life. I have a very good and beautiful wife and threehealthy kids. I live a good and contented life in Palawan.

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"Pero sometimes, the acting bug will bite you at mami-missmo rin ulit ang lumabas sa TV at pelikula. Good for me kasi bigla na lang akomaaalala ng mga dati ko nang nakatrabaho both sa ABS-CBN 2 and GMA-7. If theyhave an offer, why not do it, di ba?

"My kids kasi, they want to see me act again. Natutuwa silakapag nasa TV ako and my old movies are being shown. Ang sacrifice nga langkapag may regular show ako, like Diyosa, I am away from them for a such along time. Pero when I get the chance to have a long weekend break, I book aflight kaagad for Palawan to be with my family. After all, my family stillcomes first."


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